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I normally stick to the same foundation however last year the body shop had a buy 2 get 2 free promotion on which happened to be *glitching* so you paid for the 2 cheapest items instead of the 2 more expensive ones.... **The brand** This is a body shop product.I used to think quite highly of them but all the products I have tried recently have been disappointing **Packaging** This comes in a clear tube with a pump dispenser. I don't always like these because when you get near the end you can see the product but cant get it out without resorting to "cutting" it open, not easy to do and more accurately described a hacking probably. **In use** At first I tried to apply this with the body shop foundation brush but I don't think that they worked that well together.I think that this worked best with a sponge but I don't like using them that much as they get dirty easy and I feel I am just smearing dirt into my face so I ended up just using my fingers to blend this in.This isn't that thick and the coverage would probably be classed as light which works for me but I don't think it would work that well if you wanted to cover spots etc This creates a more shiny look rather than a matte finish so I would wear this as a going out foundation rather than everyday. It also doesn't last that long so if you were going out after work etc this would need to be reapplied. With regards to removing it its pretty much gone by bedtime anyway so there's not much to actually take off. I would also say that this had a slight orange ting to it but the lighter shade would have been too light.Again I only really noticed this in bright daylight, as a night time foundation this wouldn't be noticed. **Price etc** This costs around the £13 mark which is cheap compared to my normal foundation. I got this for free because of the promotion . Yes it is quite cheap but my normal foundation does so much more I would rather just buy it and know that the coverage will last, no bad reactions etc
This was something I had never tried until I got a pack of the minis in a grocery box. Well what can I say, I liked them that much I got another with a coupon that also came with the product. Soreen is a product that has been around for years and can be bought at most supermarkets. Having worked in a supermarket the only people I ever sold this product to was the older generation and I associated this as being a product as "something my nana would eat" **Packaging** The packaging for this is average. I don't like how it cant be resealed but I suppose its not something that lasts that long. I wasn't really sure how to eat this when I bought my first loaf. I had been eating a slice with breakfast but my friend had said its a pudding. It doesn't matter really I prefer to eat this the way it comes. Texture- very squishy. This feels like stodgy food- great as a snack.I think of it as a snack with substance instead of something light where you don't feel full at all. It is a little dry to be honest but it goes perfectly with a cup of tea. Taste - a nice banana taste . It feels more like a banana loaf than something healthy. Not being a huge fruit fan I like this more than the original **Nutritional information/ 100g: ** per 1/10 loaf Calories 313 89 protein 6.6g 1.9 carbs 61.2g 17.4 sugar 22.6g 6.4 fat 4.1g 1.2 salt 0.65g 0,19 I think a portion size is very filling, more so than chocolate. The sugar content is higher than I like but I have to look at it as being okay since the sugar is from fruit so better than other sugars. This costs £1.25 but is often on offer for £1
I received this a while back with other samples. Its not a brand that I am that familiar with which is why it wasn't my first choice to use up. **The brand** This is quite a high end brand that can be purchased from most stores such as Boots, Debenhams etc **Packaging** Mine is a 15ml sample and therefore the packaging is different .Mine can sit on the lid which I quite like as its easier to get all the product out. **In use** This is suitable for all skin types which I don't think always works that well. If you have something that works well for dry skin you find that it can be too greasy for other skin types or not good for sensitive skin etc. This is something that I only used in the morning after using my facial soap and clarifying lotion from clinique. The smell of this wasn't strong but it does have a very clean smell to it a bit like soap. I felt that this absorbed quite fast but whilst it left my skin feeling quite smooth I don't feel that it felt moisturised for that long. The first day I used it on my neck but found that it made my psoriasis a bit itchy so after that I just used it on the face area. Overall like many face products I don't recommend. Its not that I think it works bad I just feel that there are so many cheaper products on the market that work just as well or better. This product costs around £55 for the 50 ml.
This is another product I have had sitting around ready to use up.I think this was a free with magazine product but I can't remember. **The brand** This is a brand I have never tried before so wasn't sure if it was going to be good or not. Looking about it does seem to be quite an expensive brand. **Packaging** Mine was a sample size so was designed like a travel bottle. **In use** The first thing you notice when you put this on a shower puff is the strong floral smell of roses. I must admit I thought it was rather nice however im getting to the stage when I buy shower gels that are either more unisex so I only need to have one out in the bathroom or shower gels that have a "clean" scent such as sanex, normal dove. Recently my perfume has been more oriental based and I think the two scents don't go that well together. I felt that this lathered up nicely ( so much better than the body shop gels I have been using recently!) and my skin felt reasonably moisturised at the time off use.Not as much as the sanctuary kyphi oil but this smelled better. I don't think I have found a shower gel yet that ticks every box for me! This costs around the £10 mark which I do think is overpriced so I wont buy again.
I loved the elizabeth arden make up remover but when I saw this plus 2 other make up removers on a 3 for a fiver I decided to give them a try figuring I would at least like one of them and buying them together I could really compare them with each other. The brand I never had much experience with this brand ,I think I have bought face wipes but that's about it .I think I would class it as being between shops own like tesco etc and premium. Packaging A lot of these are packaged the same way In use The first time I used this I made the mistake of not giving the bottle a shake first .The result wasn't that great,the product didn't feel very nice or remove make up that well.At that point I moved on to the two others I had bought at the same time by the same brand.I did go back to it mainly because I don't really like wasting products. This gets applied in the same way as other make up removers. You apply it to a cotton pad and sweep over the eye area. After reading the instructions and using it the way I am supposed to I still wasn't that impressed by it.I feel it removed make up better than the garnier in the blue bottle I had but not as well as the one in the green. I also don't feel the product was that soothing and it was one of those products I felt I had to make sure there was none left on my face or I think it would have irritated me. Overall I don't recommend this .I think I do need to mention though that some of the makeup I wear such as Urban Decay is really long lasting and I find cheaper products don't remove it as easily .It's not one of those brands that you wear all day and is nearly gone by bed anyway so all you need to do is give your face a quick wipe.I also think if I hadn't bothered to wash the traces of this off I would have came out in a rash. Not soothing for me!
I bought these a few years back when I saw them advertised on GMTV as the next big thing.This is how they are described on the website==The iconic original HotPants boost your calorie burn with special fabric technology.== ==**How do they look?**== To start with I don't think they look that bad almost stylish even as they are just black with a small yellow logo.The inside is bright yellow but you cant see that so it doesn't matter.I have the original style so they start just above my bellybutton and end just above my knees. I would describe the material as looking a little like a scuba suit. ==**Product range**== When i purchased my hot pants these were the only thing they did but now they offer quite a few different items. ==**Size**== These come in 4 sizes-small,medium,large and extra large. A large is described as a 14 - I have had these a while but either these are generous or they work really well at squeezing the fat in.I would say on the bottom half I am normally a 16. ==**Not for the gym**== Not something I think you would expect me to say for what is sports wear but these are rather noisy. I took them on holiday once to use at the gym and was pretty much told if you wear those again your on your own. Walking in them can be rather noisy , working out in them all you hear is swish swish swish. I do however use them other places. My number one use for them was to wear them in bed. With the material these keep your legs really warm,saves on a heating system. Again even just turning over in bed they make a sound so Im not allowed to wear them in bed now. These are great for cold mornings.When the pandas first came to Scotland my crazy friend got me to wait for the plane landing with her in the freezing cold... least my legs were warm even if the rest of me wasn't. Using these just doing light housework does make your legs feel clammy when you take it off. After exercise the sweat is practically pouring off you. One slightly annoying thing is that these do have to be hand washed so wearing them everyday can get difficult as they don't seem to dry that quick.Its not like you can wear them days at a time without cleaning either as they would get a bit rank. I ended up getting a second pair when I saw a groupon offer to get around this problem. It is recommended that you take part in a two week challenge where you wear these every day for a set amount of time. I have never done this but it seems to be really popular with people reporting quite a lot of inch loss . These cost £35.40 which is expensive but I think I have had my first pair for about 4/5 years. If I was buying a pair now I would probably go for a different style just because there are so many to choose from now.
Simple is a brand I have tried quite a few times over the years as the products are generally kind to skin. I do try others when there are offers on or if I am bored of it but there aren't a lot of other skin care products where I buy the same items over and over again. I like simple as being an affordable brand that I can buy from most places. **Packaging** I must have picked these up cheap at some point because I seem to have about 5 of the 50ml tubs. Either that or I got them for travel use. The lid just twists of and the top of the product has a small hole in which it comes out. It can be annoying if you want the product to come out quickly but It is good for stopping you spill the entire thing. The 50ml is perfect for travel and lasts over a week away getting used twice a day by two people. **In use** The active ingredients in this are chamomile and witch hazel. I'm guessing the chamomile is to soothe your skin and the witch hazel is to tone it. This product doesn't have much of a smell. This is a toner so I use it with a cleanser -at the minute it is lancome clarifying cleanser and a moisturiser .To use this all you do is apply it to cotton wool and sweep over your face. This soothes and tones my skin. Its not very moisturising by itself but that why I use a moisturiser. Overall I think that this is great as a cheap toner. It can be frequently bought on an offer such as 3 for £5 from Asdas etc, however I do get bored of the same thing all the time and its not like some brands where you can just the scent etc to switch things up
Recently I decided I needed a brow gel to tame my eyebrows as they are quite big(just through cutting back more on non essentials ). After going into all the local places that sold make up I found that nowhere sold it so I had to resort to a clear mascara instead. With clean mascaras there wasn't much to choose from either-the cheap option was this or miss sporty and since I find I'm allergic to a lot of miss sporty it had to be this. **The brand** This used to be my make up brand of choice until I discovered Urban decay. I would describe this as being a great budget brand,really good for teenagers or those on a budget. I still rate their products such as eye liners etc highly its just that with the UD palettes they used to come with black eye liner so I haven't had to buy any for awhile. They also do nail polish remover which is quite good but I cant remember off hand if its acetone free. **Packaging** This looks just like the product in the picture with the only difference being that since my one is the clear one it is see through. **In use** My main use for this is to help groom my eyebrows/keep them in place and for this the product works well and they stay put all day. As a mascara however I do think that this doesn't do very much or really look like it is on.With a bit of effort you can mix it with eye shadow to get some colour but this is fiddly and you can get mascaras in different colours- I have only done this for halloween etc when I was creating a multi coloured look and couldn't get the mascara colour I wanted. **Price and where to get** One good thing about this brand is that it is widely available. I purchased this from superdrug for £1.99 (using lovetoshop vouchers :) irrelevant but I always like to share news of a bargain) Overall I do recommend this as being cheaper than a brow gel and working just as well. For mascara not so much unless you have dark lashes anyway or want a natural look.
This is a product I have had quite a few times over the years as it is frequently given away for "free" in no7 beauty bags. **The brand** This is by boots and can therefore only be bought from boots. To be honest I dont look at boots as being that cheap unless they have one of their 3 for 2 promotions on and even then they do that offer on "proper brands" as well so I don't buy from them that often. this product is aimed at the 20- 30 age group with other products aimed at older people. **Price- Would I buy** This costs around £23 for the 30 ml and at that price I wouldn't buy. When you think that its a shop brand I would want it to be cheaper. **In use** Like most products for general use the effects are not that long lasting on dry skin. One thing I do really like with this is that I can apply to my neck where I have really bad psoriasis and it doesn't irritate it at all,In fact I have been known to use it just for this part of my face and a normal face cream for the other areas. I like that this does not really have a smell and that I only use a tiny amount at a time due to using it on a small area. Psoriasis is dry flaky skin and although this doesn't get rid of it,this helps to keep it more manageable,. This has even left the skin area feeling quite soft and moisturised after application (again not long term) which is something that doesn't happen very often.
I first bought this a few years ago as a "pick me up" Eliabeth Arden has been around for years and can be purchased at most department stores or online. The products I have tried have been good its just a shame my bank balance cant always afford them. **Packaging** The last one I got was a 30ml sample size. The proper packaging is very sturdy feeling and its easy to screw the lid on/off. Its designed in such a way that you can easily get all the product out.The sample size is more in a squeezy lid which again makes it easy to get all the product out **In use** **First pot** To be honest when I first bought this I tended to only use it when I felt my skin needed it as it is expensive, possibly about once a week. I did decide to make it daily as my skin started to feel extra dry.The first pot got used very irregular and lasted about 2-3 years. After this: I knew from previous experience that this didn't break me out. I would say that is is great for dry skin as when I was younger I would use it when my skin felt extra dry to give it moisture. With the price of it I do try and make it just for winter use when I feel I need it most.This is a night cream but I don't think that it feels that heavy on or you need to apply that much of it- I apply four wee dots and massage into my skin. With this it can be applied to your neck but I don't because of psoriasis.I also found that it could be applied daily and my skin didn't end up feeling greasy or irritated. This has a nice consistency not to thick and its not runny. **Would I recommend** Hmmm well it is expensive, saying that I think this is the most expensive product I have ever bought that's not in an offer or had any sort of free gift with it. I don't know if I would buy it again.This costs around £45 for the 50ml tub. Edit: Thinking about it no I wouldn't recommend. Yes it does what its supposed to, leaves skin nice etc but there are so many other night creams that are cheaper and work just as well.
This is a product I have bought several times over the years mainly for holiday use as you can get it in a nice travel kit. **The brand ** I love burts bees just putting it out there. It's a great natural brand at quite affordable prices.If they did make up I would buy it :p **Packaging** The one I frequently get is more sample sized and comes in a packet. I don't mind this but it's slightly annoying that it can't be resealed. This size works fine as a travel size and lasts me the whole of my holidays. **In use** You only need to dab the smallest amount of this under your eyes. This absorbs really quickly so you don't have to let it soak in before you put your make up on. I feel that this helps moisturises and leaves my skin feeling smooth. I also think that it revitalises and refreshes my skin as well. The smell of this is really nice as well. It has the same smell as the other creams and its not too strong,just natural and fresh.This is one of the best eye creams I think i have tried. **Price and where to get** This costs around £20 for the full size jar. The radiance eye kit which I recommend costs about the same and can be purchased from amazon, feelunique etc
About a month ago I managed to pick up a sanctuary spa gift set really cheap and this was one of the items in it.Over the years I have purchased a few tubs of the Sanctuary Salt Scrub 650g so I was quite keen to see if this one was as good. **The brand** Sanctuary spa sells a range of bath and body products mainly at Boots but they can also be bought from other places such as Debenhams. My product didn't come in a tub like the picture but I got 2x20ml sachets. As far as I know they can also be bought this way which I think is a great way to try a product.The only thing I find with these is that 20ml is too much for one application ,sometimes 10 is too little if you want to cover your neck area as well. **Contains** PEG-8, Zeolite, Sucrose, Kaolin, Glycerin, Zinc oxide, PEG-220, Silica, Parfum (Fragrance), Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Maltodextrin, Coumarin, Nelumbium nucifera (lotus) flower extract, Stearalkonium hectorite, Propylene carbonate, Propylene glycol, BHA, Propyl gallate, Citric acid, CI 77492 (Iron oxides). **In use** I always just use the other scrub as a body scrub and I thought this was the same but then I read some reviews saying this could be used on your face so I decided to give it a try. After washing my face I massaged this into damp skin using a gentle circular motion like it suggests.It does feel quite warm to start with and you don't have to rinse it off until it cools down. It also says not to apply to irritated or damaged skin. I do have psoriasis etc on my hairline and neck so I made sure I never touched those parts. It would possibly be fine but I don't want to make it worse. The scent from this is like others in the range - sandalwood and vanilla,whilst I don't like it in a body wash I think as a scrub it is okay. So far I have not had any side effects. I like this but had to mark it down as it cant be bought all year round. The normal one can so I would recommend it as a good alternative .
**Reason for purchase** Initially i couldn't decide between this and the huddl ,i had finally decided on the huddl but it was sold out so i got this instead When you turn the kindle on it has the following options from left to right, **Shop** **Games** A few games i have downloaded haven't been planned that well ie i bought a game called tiny hope and the bit of the screen you have to tap is where the back button is so it doesn't work..not the kindles fault its the makers of the game This shows you games you have stored on the device or online(cloud) **Apps** I think the range is good. Most of the apps I have on my ipadIi have been able to get on the kindle. **Books** A big thing for me is the ability to get foreign books without having to wait on them being delivered,The uk store itself isn't that great but I have recently learned that if I de register my kindle from the UK store and register to the amazon store I want I can buy books from anywhere. When I want a uk book I just repeat the process and i don't loose the foreign books.I love this feature as before i would pay about 8euros for a book from either amazon.de or amazon.fr. I don't know how many books this can store but i have quite a lot of uni books and being able to have them on the one device has saved me from developing a back problem.One thing I would say with regards to pdfs and other books,with the older kindles it was easier to just drag a file and add to the kindle and it took me longer to figure it out on this. **Videos** I dont use to watch videos. This isn't flash enabled so some on line videos don't work. **Newsstand** Never used. **Audiobooks** I do have an audible account and was fairly chuffed that i didn't need to stick everything on the kindle as it did it automatically for me. The audio sound is good. I have never used the headphone socket but it takes normal headphones. **Web** Great for general browsing but some sites do crash. **Photos** I dont like how the camera is front facing. It would be good for selfies but otherwise annoying.I can image this would be a reason to go for another tablet instead if someone was wanting an all in one device. **Docs* I dont really like touch screen for documents so haven't used it that much. **Offers** This shows the same offers that come up when the screensaver comes on. Some people have said its annoying but to be honest I hardly even notice it. Below this you have what is known as the carousal which shows the things you used most recently so that its easy to find them again. **Price and where to buy** I got this direct from amazon on offer at £99 for the 16gb.Its no longer available but you can get newer versions from amaon,tescos **Do i recommend** I've had a few ereaders from the original sony ereader onwards and they seem to get better with every modal that comes out. I recommend ereaders in general especially for going on holiday or for students .This is a great device with the only downsides being the camera is only front facing and sometimes the internet crashes- i seem to have problems with sites such as topcashback, Oh also the kindle doesn't come with a mains charger but I think that newer ones do.
This is step 2 for me in the clinique facial range. Its a product I buy on and off depending on how flush I feel and I'm surprised I have never reviewed it. Clinique is a brand that can be purchased from most department stores or online. **In use** I use this after the extra mild liquid facial soap. All you do is gently shake the bottle then put some of the product on to a cotton ball and sweep over face. This isn't supposed to be used on the eye area ,if I have worn make up that day I use eye make up remover on that area. I get really dry patches of skin particularly on my neck area and I like this product as it doesn't make it worse.I do follow up with a face cream only because my skin is dry and I like to use products that give extra moisture. This product doesn't really moisturise but it does cleanse and most importantly my skin doesn't react to it. With this a little does go a long way. Overall Its a nice product and I know I don't need it but I think I look at it as being a luxury. I would buy it again even if it is priced at £16.50
This is a product I have bought several times over the years(when I can afford) so I was surprised to discover I hadn't reviewed it **Getting the right product for you** There is quite a large selection to chose from so I do recommend getting help from the person on the clinque counter. I have on occasion had samples of the mild one and It breaks me out . Its surprising what a difference that one little word saying extra makes **The brand** This is generally quite an expensive brand that can be found on line and in department stores. **Packaging** The bottle looks just like the picture. I quite like the bottle having the dispenser pump as I think that it looks quite classy. **In use** This product forms step one of three from clinque. I use this with the mild clarifying lotion and then a face cream such as burts bees( allergic to the dramatically different lotion after being okay with the first two bottles I tried off it). I do think the product is great as it is non drying and I can get away with using it twice a day. This leaves your skin feeling cleansed and I must admit bottles of this always go quicker than step two as I sometimes use it by itself. This doesn't work as well taking off make up but its not really designed for that so I wont mark that down.Two little pumps of this is all that is needed for your face,it does look creamy but it doesn't really lather that much. .Again I want to summarise the importance of making sure you get the proper facial soap for your skin as even going from extra mild to mild made me break out. I like this and think that it works well however the price tag does put me off buying regularly. I think for me long as I buy a nice face cream this isn't essential as much as I would like it to be around £15 a time plus what you pay for step 2 makes it expensive.